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Alexander MacBride, 1859-1955

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1859.03.08
Place of Birth: Cathcart, Glasgow
Date of Death: 1955
Place of Death: Cathcart, Lanarkshire


Alexander MacBride was a Glasgow watercolour painter.


MacBride studied at Glasgow University and also at Juliens in Paris. He was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1887 and of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1899. He was a regular exhibitor, showing at the above institutions as well as at the Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.

MacBride was among those Glasgow painters who in 1891 appended their names to a list requesting that the Corporation of Glasgow buy Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) (#12326). In 1892 JW was approached by Mary Newton Mann about contributing a sketch to an album of watercolours and black and white drawings in order to raise 400 guineas for Queen Margaret College in Glasgow. MacBride was among those who had already promised his assistance (#03987).


Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.